Category Archives: Film Festivals

Retro Review: Why “Independence Day” Is The Quintessential Popcorn Blockbuster

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“La La Land” Starring Ryan Gosling And Emma Stone to Open Venice Film Festival

lala_land_featureDamien Chazelle wrote and directed the film which will also star John Legend and J.K. Simmons, who earned an Oscar for his role in Chazelle’s other musically-oriented pic Whiplash.

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Equity Film Review: Stylish and Slick, But Doesn’t Add Up — LAFF

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Director Meera Menon delivers some notable moments and textbook financial thrills via Amy Fox’s script, but Equity tries too hard to be the “first female-driven Wall Street film” rather than being a dynamic film that doesn’t drag its feet.

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Chee And T Film Review: A Low-Key Comedy That Will Make You Love Your Crazy Cousin — LAFF

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In its own unconventional way, Chee and T tells the story of the resident obnoxious cousin in your family but with a hearty helping of dry humor, wit, and the perfect amount recreational drug use.

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11:55 Film Review: A New School Twist On The Old Fashioned Western — LAFF

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Pulled from Almanzar’s personal experiences and framed with Issler and Snyder’s use of Western elements, 11:55 is a captivating moral story of vengeance, family, and friendship.

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Don’t Hang Up Film Review: A Cautionary Tale About Prank Phone Calls — LAFF

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Don’t Hang Up takes prank phone calls to a whole new, messed up level, but in the end, the movie seems like a really cool ’90s horror flick trying to find its place in 2016.

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Opening Night Film Review: The Behind-The-Scenes Broadway Comedy Hits A High Note — LAFF

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Clever and subversive, Opening Night pokes fun at jukebox musicals and all the big personalities living their dreams out on Broadway — but that’s the joy of the movie.

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The Complete Lineup Of The 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival

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The Shanghai International Film Festival is set to begin this month and has announced a wide variety of films in this year’s lineup. Among the titles are Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire and Chinese rocker Cao Baoping’s Coke And Bull.

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7 Stories From Cannes That You Might Have Missed

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival wrapped over the weekend and like every other year, there were some highs and some lows, some standing ovations and, yes, some boos. Here’s a few of the top takeaways from this year’s fest.

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival – The Complete List Of Winners

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On Sunday, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival handed out awards to the best of the fest on the Croisette.

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Cannes Spotlight: Richard Gere’s “The Dinner” Acquired By The Orchard And “Mimosas” Wins Big At Critics Week

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The news from Cannes this week includes The Orchard nabbing Richard Gere’s The Dinner and the heap of critical praise for Oliver Laxe’s Mimosas.

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We Do It Together Taps Freida Pinto & Juliette Binoche To Star In “Together Now” — CANNES

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We Do It Together has set Together Now as its first feature film with Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche attached to star.

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Celluloid Dreams Lands “Bone Tomahawk” & Daisy Ridley-Narrated “The Eagle Huntress” — CANNES

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Celluloid Dreams has secured deals for Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, and the documentary The Eagle Huntress, executive produced and narrated by Daisy Ridley.

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Cannes Spotlight: Martin Scorsese Mobster Pic Garners Buzz, Halle Berry & Michael Douglas Set For “Silence”

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We’re a couple days into the Cannes Film Festival and there’s a considerable amount of buzz around Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming The Irishman and the long list of deals to report including the Halle Berry and Michael Douglas drama Silence.

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{Exclusive} Cannes Film Festival 2016 Party And Event Grid! (Updated Daily!)

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week, and we’ve got your guide to the exclusive parties and events going down on The Croisette. Get exclusive info on over 60 parties, events, lounges and panels! (This list will be updated as the event goes on!)

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Sam Mendes Chosen To Head The Venice Film Festival Jury

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Director Sam Mendes will take the seat at the head of the jury table at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

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LA Film Festival Announces The 2016 Competition Lineup

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Film Independent, the non-profit group that produces the Independent Spirit Awards, unveiled the competition lineup for this year’s LA Film Festival, which runs June 1-9.

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THE COMPLETE LINEUP OF THE 2016 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival lineup is out! Woody Allen’s Cafe Society is set to open the festival and also includes Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. Check out the lineup here.

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Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 Dates Expected To Conflict With Comic-Con

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Disney’s pop culture ultimate fan event, D23 has announced that next year’s expo will take place from July 14th to the 16th, which is normally the same dates for Comic-Con in San Diego.

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SXSW Film Festival Recap: The Best, The Worst, And The Queso

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The SXSW Film Festival wrapped over the weekend and now that the Audience Award Winners and the Grand Jury Winners have been announced, I can finally sit still for a moment and reflect back on all the good, the bad, and the mediocre of this year’s fest.

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The Tribeca Film Festival’s Talk Series Lineup Includes J.J. Abrams, Jodie Foster, Joss Whedon, And More

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Now that the Tribeca Film Festival has announced their competition lineup and their feature slate, the New York-based fest has now unveiled their Talk Series.

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{SXSW} And Punching The Clown Mini-Review: The Comedy Struggle Is Real

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And Punching The Clown stands well on its own as a subtle and well-crafted comedy that makes sure every laugh is worth it.

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{SXSW} The Dwarvenaut Mini-Review: An Unlikely Documentary About A Dungeons And Dragons Fanatic

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On the surface, The Dwarvenaut seems like a doc about an eccentric Dungeons and Dragons fanatic, but it quickly turns into a well-told story about an orphan who became a successful entrepreneur.

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{SXSW} Hush Mini-Review: A Silent But Deadly Thriller

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Hush is a combo of Straw Dogs and The Strangers — but the victim is completely void of hearing and speaking which takes it to another level of terrifying.

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The Complete List Of SXSW Film Festival 2016 Audience Award Winners

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After nine days, 143 feature-length films and 114 shorts, the SXSW Film Festival has announced the Audience Award winners.

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{SXSW} Born To Be Blue Mini-Review: Another Music Biopic About A Jazz Trumpeter

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Just when you thought there isn’t room for another movie about a music legend, Born to be Blue comes out. The Robert Budreau-directed film about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker is a music biopic that is fine, but forgettable.

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{SXSW} Pet Mini-Review: A Very Different Kind Of Kidnapping Movie

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On the surface, Pet seems like an ordinary psychological thriller, but as the story progresses it twists itself into a knot of an emotional instability that will make your brain bleed.

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{SXSW} Hardcore Henry Mini-Review: Vomit-Inducing First-Person Action

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Half bone-breaking action movie and half amusement park thrill ride, Hardcore Henry is pure unadulterated fun.

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SXSW Spotlight: “Leprechaun 4: In Space” Screens As The Film Festival Comes To A Close

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Considering it was St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to attend a special SXSW screening of the classic, Leprechaun 4: In Space — just how our forefathers would have wanted.

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{SXSW} Miles Ahead Mini-Review: Fan Fiction About A Music Legend

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Miles Ahead is a passion project that Don Cheadle decided to share with the world. At times, it wobbles about, but you have to appreciate its passion.

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